Portlandia albiflora, White Horse Flower, Tree Lily

Portlandia albiflora

White Horse Flower, Tree Lily
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Jamaica
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Portlandia albiflora is a large shrub of up to 5-10 feet tall, it is native to Jamaica and can be grown in USDA zones 9-11. It can flourish in full sun or semi-shade, that means it is not necessary to provide full sun in hot regions.

Regular watering is essential for it to grow at an optimal rate and prevent potential problems like mildew caused by dryness. The white, off-white flowers give that Caribbean vibe to a garden, being highly fragrant and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, adding an extra bit of beauty.

The Portlandia albiflora is easy to grow in pots, even in cold regions. Indoors the pot should be placed in a bright daylight spot out of direct sunlight. Water when the soil is dry to keep the soil humid, fertilizer is not necessary since it is a slow grower. Use a well-drained soil and consider using a soil additives like perlite or peat, this helps to maintain the right levels of dampness.

Outdoors it should have full or semi-shade, avoid planting it directly in full sun, this tree needs regular watering while it establishes itself, when firmly rooted weekly watering will suffice. Mulch around the plant can be used to keep the soil moist and help retain heat. If in a cold region during the winter, use a blanket to protect the roots from frost.

Overall, Portlandia albiflora is an eye-catching, fragrant but slow-growing tree native to Jamaica. It needs regular water, fertilizer is not necessary, can live in full sun or semi-shade and needs protection in cold regions. It gives that Caribbean vibe to any garden, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with its white, off-white flowers. Show it love and it will give you beauty and a bit of Jamaica in return.

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